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Members of the Standing Committee on Defense made a significant visit to Bangalore, engaging in discussions with representatives from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on the topic of “Modernization of Defense Public Sector Undertakings.”

During their visit, the Members of Parliament had the opportunity to witness several key developments within HAL. Notably, they observed the readiness of the third two-seat LCA Tejas fighter, designated LT-5203. Additionally, the second two-seat LCA Tejas fighter, LT-5202, was observed, seemingly prepared for upcoming deliveries.

LT-5202 with LT-5203 in Background and LT-5204 in right corner

This visit follows HAL’s noteworthy achievement last month when they delivered the first two-seat LCA Tejas fighter, designated LT-5201, to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF has placed an order for a total of 18 two-seat LCA Tejas fighters, with all units scheduled for delivery by the year 2025.

The new variant of the Tejas fighter is primarily intended for advanced pilot training. However, it retains a combat capability, as confirmed by HAL. These developments signify a significant step forward in strengthening India’s defense capabilities and promoting indigenous defense production. The visit by the Standing Committee on Defense underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing the country’s defense sector and public sector undertakings.

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